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FHA And The Partial Shutdown

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In Case of Government Shutdown

New FHA Rule Just Reversed

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Fed Watch

By: Mark Wisterman

 

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Tomorrow is being heralded as a big day on Wall Street as the Federal Reserve is widely expected to announce that they will begin pulling back from their policy of artificially suppressing interest rates at the current level.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke achieved exactly what he set out to do when he rattled the markets in May with talk of tapering. Here’s how:

1. He got the market’s attention that it was not going to go on forever, as some seemed to think, and …

2. He set the stage for very little to happen tomorrow if they do indeed announce the pull back.

Although about the only surprise will be if the Fed continues the current levels of bond purchasing, there are going to be oodles of second guessers, complainers, and Monday morning quarterbacks who will be offering one of following Goldilock’s style complaints:

1. The reduction in bond purchases is too large.

2. The reduction in bond purchases is too small.

3. The reduction should not happen at all because not everything in the economy is “just right.”

Since everyone will have an opinion on this I guess I get to tell you mine:

From a real estate standpoint it is time to end this program, and the sooner the better. Thanks to this program and, the cruddy economy that has also forced interest rates down, the populace has become spoiled and thinks that interest rates above 4.5% are high. The free market must be allowed to function FREELY. That is the ONLYway to have long term health in the housing market.

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YAWN!! Another Week Has Passed

By: Mark Wisterman

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 The sleepy real estate market in the Lake Oroville area continues to hit the “snooze”  alarm as the market seems to be sleep walking through yet another month.

When a market turns as this one has over the past few weeks some may think that the buyers are beginning to leave the market. If the recent activity in our office is any indication what is going on in overall home sales activity in the Oroville real estate market, that thinking would be incorrect. For example, I have shown more buyers Oroville homes for sale in the past couple weeks than I have at any other time this year. The buyers are not sitting on the sidelines worrying about interest rate increases. The fact is that Oroville buyers are now shopping more cautiously, and are beginning to consider  the actual value of the homes at which they are looking, not wanting to overpay for their next home.

So how do more Oroville homes get sold at a quicker pace? Continue reading

Lake Oroville Real Estate Market Review

By: Mark Wisterman

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This is starting to get down right boring.

Another slow week in the Lake Oroville real estate market this past week.  Yes, it is true that the number of Oroville homes that sold in the past week is the best it has been in about 5 weeks. But that may be the only semi-bright spot in these numbers.  I say semi-bright because if you look at the average sales price of each Oroville home sale it clearly shows that most of the sales that took place this week in Oroville were very low priced homes that appear to have been snapped up by investors.

Tune in next week for more….hopefully good news! Continue reading

Look Ma, No REO’s!

By: Mark Wisterman

My 2013 Photo-Web-Revised

 

Well, well, well what do we have here in the Lake Oroville area? The end of the Oroville foreclosure market?

Looking at this week’s home sales data for the Greater Oroville area you might draw such a conclusion being  there was not ONE foreclosed property that sold in the past week. (see the red highlighted stat).  To bolster your conclusion you may also point to the fact  that this is the first week since I have been tracking this number dating back to October 2009 that there has not been at least one bank-owned Oroville home that has sold.

As I prepared to share this week’s Oroville real estate information with you my plan was to caution you that we should certainly expect to see more foreclosure sales take place and that it is a little early to say the foreclosure market in the Oroville area has met with extinction.  However, as I was typing the first paragraph of this weekly editorial, and because I am such a great multitasker, I began think that I may be…..yes, wrong!

Maybe the “foreclosure market” IS over! Oh sure, there are still bank-owned homes for sale, but does the current inventory of Oroville bank-owned homes (19 homes, or less than 10% of the available inventory) actually constitute a “market?”  I wonder?

Here is another interesting fact this week: Continue reading